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Nashua Board of Education committee aims to close budget gap

NASHUA – The Board of Education’s Budget Committee will continue trying to close a $160,000 gap between its and the mayor’s 2015 budget proposals at a meeting Wednesday night.

Superintendent Mark Conrad released a memo to the Board of Education May 30 recommending they prepare a list of reductions in case the mayor’s budget is approved and the $160,000 gap has to be bridged. Conrad also said reviewing reductions would help discussions with the Board of Aldermen, which will discuss the budget June 12. ...

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NASHUA – The Board of Education’s Budget Committee will continue trying to close a $160,000 gap between its and the mayor’s 2015 budget proposals at a meeting Wednesday night.

Superintendent Mark Conrad released a memo to the Board of Education May 30 recommending they prepare a list of reductions in case the mayor’s budget is approved and the $160,000 gap has to be bridged. Conrad also said reviewing reductions would help discussions with the Board of Aldermen, which will discuss the budget June 12.

Earlier, committee members decided to not create such a list, hoping to that not highlighting possible cuts would prevent making those cuts more likely.

Conrad suggested revisiting the city’s absorption of the Career and Technical Education tuition as well. CTE is a regional program, that typically generated $150,000-$200,000 for the district. That money will go to the city-side of the ledger beginning in July.

Since 80 percent of the district’s operating costs are related to personnel, it’s possible administrators will have to cut staff positions to balance the budget. Some of those positions are already vacant and some teachers received layoff notices in April.